When treating advanced ingrown toenails, there are a few things you can expect. These nails are often very irritated and can be tender, red, and warm to the touch. Some may even be draining or have blood and an odour. While most doctors’ offices may not physically treat the ingrown toenail, they may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to help with any infection or pain.

To properly address the issue, it’s important to remove the partial pesky nail from the edge of the skin. This can help reduce swelling and provide relief. Here is what you can expect during the treatment process:

1. Assessment: The stage of the ingrown toenail will be evaluated, whether it is in the basic or advanced phase. Advanced ingrown toenails are typically more painful with noticeable swelling and throbbing sensations.

2. Disinfection and cleaning: The toe will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using sterilized instruments. This helps prevent further infection and prepares the area for the nail removal procedure.

3. Nail removal: With consideration for your pain tolerance, the Advanced Foot Care Nurse will carefully remove the partial nail from the skin. This procedure aims to relieve discomfort and promote healing.

It’s important to consult a Advanced Foot Care Nurse for proper evaluation and treatment of advanced ingrown toenails. They can provide personalized care and guidance based on your specific condition.

After the nail removal procedure, you may experience immediate relief from the tenderness and pain. Depending on the depth and size of the affected area, the Advanced Foot Care Nurse may pack an antibacterial dressing, such as salt or silver dressing, to promote healing and prevent infection. In some cases, the area may be cauterized with silver nitrate, which may cause a slight burning sensation for a few seconds.

A loose dressing will be applied, but it should be removed before going to bed. The Advanced Foot Care Nurse will often provide extra supplies for the next day and schedule a follow-up appointment in two weeks to monitor progress. It is important for you to keep pressure off the area, keep it clean, and free from moisture. After showering, it’s recommended to dry the area well and avoid soaking it if the condition is advanced. If there is persistent pain even after the swelling has subsided, there might be a piece of nail still bothering the side of the toe. In such cases, it is advised to contact the office for immediate assistance’s the swelling may have hid that partial area.

To help correct the growth of the nail and prevent future ingrown toenails, the Advanced Foot Care Nurse may suggest an Onyfix brace. This brace can be applied if the nail is not draining and is typically worn for approximately three months, although the duration may vary based on individual circumstances.

Please note that the approach described here focuses on preventative interventions to provide patients with less aggressive options than complete nail removal under freezing or anesthesia. However, if necessary, you will be given two options for nail removal by a chiropodist : removal of the nail with the expectation of regrowth or removal of the nail to prevent future growth.There is downtime needed for healing and the cost for this procedure typically ranges between $600 to $1000. In such cases, the Advanced Foot Care Nurse may refer you to a local practitioner for further assistance.

It’s essential to follow the recommendations provided by the Foot Care Nurse and attend the follow-up appointment to ensure proper healing and address any concerns.

Comments are closed.